Whereas the whole nation is looking forward to see how Virat Kohli performs as a skipper in the last test on Tuesday, the BCCI is worried on a different front and struggling to get a clean chit from the Supreme Court in favour of their former President N Srinivasan. According to a story currently running in the new Indian Express, Monday is going to be a very decisive day for BCCI.
The Supreme Court is expected to pass an order in the crucial IPL spot-fixing and betting case. The focus will be on N Srinivasan again, who is likely to emerge clean and contest the board elections later this month. The BCCI had already presented to the court on December 17 its explanation of Clause 6.2.4, which states the provisions allowing administrators to have commercial interest in IPL and Champions League.
It is important to highlight that the court had come down heavily on the issue of conflict of interest especially surrounding Srinivasan, but the counsel for the BCCI had explained to the bench that it was not unusual and their constitution allows administrators to do so. A top board official said, “We are done with our side of arguments. We have put forward our stand and communicated to the court we are ready to form our own inquiry panel to probe the incidents surrounding Gurunath (Meiyappan) and Raj Kundra. We think the court will take into consideration all these things. The observations (against Srinivasan) were made only after reading the Mudgal Commission report. The court didn’t pass any order on the issue. Even in the sealed envelope, his name is listed last. The charges are, he failed to discharge his duties. But that shouldn’t be a huge concern for us as he has already told the court that necessary action will be taken against those concerned.”
It is apprehended that the petitioner — Cricket Association of Bihar — will argue their case on Monday and the matter is unlikely to drag, with the board’s annual general meeting facing a January 31 deadline. A functionary of the board stated, “We are expecting the order on Monday and that is what we need. Because the AGM has been pushed back and we need to a 21-day notice to be served to the members. So if we get the order on Monday, we will have an emergent working committee meet to decide the date. Whatever it is, this week will put an end to all issues surrounding the board.”
As far as the issue relating to Chennai Super Kings goes, the chances appear to be 50-50 as the counsel is stated to have agreed that Meiyappan was indeed a team official so they might appeal for leniency. The official concluded, “Saving CSK will be a big ask for Srinivasan. The case is strongly against them. But if they manage to get the court’s approval to form a new committee and decide the level of punishment, then they can be safe for now.”